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Maximizing Reckless Stormseeker in Standard – Preview Highlight

Out of many awesome Werewolves in Innistrad: Midnight Hunt, Reckless Stormseeker might just be one of the best. I rated it as the fourth best nonland card on which to spend a rare wildcard on MTG Arena. This is a testament to both its quality and its versatility. Reckless Stormseeker can be a great addition to Gruul Werewolves, non-tribal Gruul, Mono-Red, Rakdos or virtually any creature deck you might build in the new Standard format.

 

 

 

Here are two deck lists featuring Reckless Stormseeker, which my teammate William Jensen has been liking since Midnight Hunt’s release:

 

 

Standard Gruul Werewolves by Huey Jensen

 

Standard Mono-Red Burn by Joey Pasco

 

If you’re interested in reading more about this Burn deck above, check out Huey’s Deck Highlight on the subject.

For three mana, you get a creature that can attack as a 3/3 haste. This is solid, punishing and a good way to output damage. It can snipe a planeswalker, or help you rebuild after a board sweeper. In the old days, we used to pay mana for weaker creatures.

But Stormseeker isn’t simply a one-shot effect which quickly gets blanked by larger blockers. Instead, it can give all future creatures haste. Turn three Reckless Stormseeker into turn four Esika’s Chariot is particularly potent. The +1/+0 is also non-trivial, since the damage adds up if these creatures go unblocked a few turns. Crucially, it can also aid in key card matchups, like allowing Esika’s Chariot or Goldspan Dragon to attack into Iymrith, Desert Doom or a Treefolk from Wrenn and Seven. 

And all of that is only the daybound side! When Stormseeker transforms (or enters the battlefield on the nightbound side) it picks up extra stats, and starts granting +2/+0, haste and trample. This is so punishing that I’m almost lost for words! 

The Storm-Charged Slasher itself can enter the battlefield and attack as a five-power, trample, haster. Alternatively, it can pump a giant creature to unload damage and remove the opponent’s ability to chump block. Or, it can pump smaller creatures like Cat or Wolf tokens and make them trade up against larger, more valuable blocking creatures. 

Werewolves are also the soup du jour, meaning that Reckless Stormseeker has synergy with other amazing cards like Tovolar, Dire Overlord and Arlinn, Pack’s Hope. Any way you look at it, this is a pushed card that’s going to make a lot of waves in Innistrad Standard.

 

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